Sundowner is the new full-length album from Kevin Morby. After relocating from Los Angeles to his hometown of Kansas City, Morby wrote this new collection of songs on a four-track Tascam 424 in a makeshift studio in his backyard shed. The days were spent laying down the new demos and emerging right around sundown. In Morby’s words, “around 5:30 in the winter, when the Kansan sunsets look icy and distant, like a pink ember inside of a display case, and 9 o’clock in the summer, when the sunsets are warm and abstract.”
Recording was done with producer Brad Cook in Tornillo, Texas, purposefully away from the coasts, in the heart of America. Morby played most of the instruments himself – lead guitar, proper drums (save the drums on “A Night At The Little Los Angeles”), mellotron, and a WWII era collapsible and slightly out-of-tune pump organ – while Cook played bass and some keys and James Krivchenia filled out the percussion near the end of the sessions.
As for the album’s content, Morby explains: “Sundowner is my attempt to put the Middle American twilight — it’s beauty profound, though not always immediate — into sound. It is a depiction of isolation. Of the past. Of an uncertain future. Of provisions. Of an omen. Of a dead deer. Of an icon. Of a Los Angeles themed hotel in rural Kansas. Of billowing campfires, a mermaid and a highway lined in rabbit fur. It is a depiction of the nervous feeling that comes with the sky’s proud announcement that another day will be soon coming to a close as the pink light recedes and the street lamps and house lights suddenly click on.”